Friday, May 27, 2005

Harrah's Host Tournment For Local Program

LAUGHLIN, Nev. - As Harrah’s prepares to host the 36th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the company gave its employees a chance to share in the excitement of the world’s best-known poker tournament while benefiting local programs of the Meals On Wheels Association of America.

Harrah’s Laughlin employees were invited to participate in World Series of Poker Employee tournaments held on April 6 and 7 at the property. Employees entered the poker tournament by donating money to the local Meals On Wheels chapters located in Laughlin, Nev. and Bullhead City, Ariz. Eighty Harrah’s Laughlin employees participated in the tournament raising $2,500 for Meals On Wheels.

Ten finalists played in the Harrah’s Laughlin World Series of Poker Employee Finals Tournament on Monday, May 2, 2005 in the poker room located in the main casino. Only Harrah’s employees can participate in the tournament. Three finalists from the Harrah’s Laughlin tournament will receive a trip to Harrah’s Las Vegas to play against the winners from other Harrah’s-owned properties in a No Hold ‘em tournament being held June 1.

The winner of Harrah’s final employee event will receive a $5,000 grand prize and a seat in the World Series of Poker Casino Employees’ Texas Hold 'Em No Limit Event on June 2 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

“Harrah's Laughlin was pleased to offer our employees a chance to experience the unparalleled excitement of the World Series of Poker,” said John Koster, senior vice president and general manager “The tournaments were very exciting, and our employees were happy to assist a cause that brings healthy meals and friendship each day to homebound seniors in our community.”

In 2002, Harrah’s became a national prime sponsor of the Meals On Wheels Association of America’s “March For Meals” campaign. Since then, Harrah’s has committed $2 million to the organization and its local affiliates and donated 22 delivery vehicles to local chapters across the country including the Meals On Wheels program facilitated by the Laughlin Family Resource Center in Laughlin, Nev.

According to Meals On Wheels Association of America, more than 13 percent of Americans are older than 65, and that number is projected to jump to 20 percent by 2030. The organization reports its services are already stretched, as four out of every 10 Meals On Wheels programs have waiting lists for seniors in need of meals. While some funding for the local meal programs comes from government sources, the programs rely extensively on private donations and contributions in order to meet their budgetary needs.

For more information on volunteering or contributing to the Meals On Wheels Association of America, visit www.MOWAA.org. For more information on the Laughlin Meals On Wheels program call 702-298-2592. For more information on the Bullhead City Meals On Wheels program call 928-758-0718.

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